As I look forward to the end of the semester and a summer of being an unemployed college graduate (oop), there is one thing I’m actually very much anticipating: a real and true break, and more time for reading for pleasure than I’ve had in a very, very, very long time. I always feel quite honored when I’m invited on blog tours, but I won’t even lie, seeing the email for this one and reading the author bio to discover that the name Asha Bromfield was so familiar to me because of Riverdale really had me fumbling my fingers across my phone screen to sign up. But while being a fan of Riverdale may have initially drawn me in, it was Bromfield’s stunning language and her commanding, challenging story that took my breath away.
I’m so delighted to be able to share an excerpt from Asha Bromfield’s debut novel Hurricane Summer, and if you’re looking for a powerful, moving, and thought-provoking story to dive into, this should be at the top of your TBR. While I haven’t been able to pick it up quite yet, I can’t wait to, and I know I will be struck as tangibly by it as its recent readers said they have been.
Read on for more information about Hurricane Summer and a sneak peek at its first few pages!
Publication Date: May 4, 2021 (Available Now!)
Synopsis: In this sweeping debut, Asha Bromfield takes readers to the heart of Jamaica, and into the soul of a girl coming to terms with her family, and herself, set against the backdrop of a hurricane.
Tilla has spent her entire life trying to make her father love her. But every six months, he leaves their family and returns to his true home: the island of Jamaica.
When Tilla’s mother tells her she’ll be spending the summer on the island, Tilla dreads the idea of seeing him again, but longs to discover what life in Jamaica has always held for him.
In an unexpected turn of events, Tilla is forced to face the storm that unravels in her own life as she learns about the dark secrets that lie beyond the veil of paradise―all in the midst of an impending hurricane.
Hurricane Summer is a powerful coming of age story that deals with colorism, classism, young love, the father-daughter dynamic―and what it means to discover your own voice in the center of complete destruction.